Carole B. Shoemaker

May 22, 1934 - January 3, 2015
Carole B. Shoemaker

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Carole Anne Bergman Shoemaker, 80, passed away on January 3, 2015. She was born in East Chicago, Indiana on May 22, 1934 and moved with her family to Williamsburg in 1979.

Carole graduated from Indiana University in 1956. She began feature writing on the Indiana Daily Student which led to radio, television, and print reporting. She went on to teach both elementary school and business communication skills for bank employees. She also sponsored a community college newspaper. Her marriage to Ensign Rollin Shoemaker meant moving around the country so Carole became a freelance writer and had works published in Plays Drama Magazine and Scholastic Scope, among others.

After moving to Williamsburg, Caroleís communications background served her well as an interpreter/tour guide in and around the Colonial Capitol. Thirty years in community theater and radio led to professional acting work here and in Wilmington, North Carolina for TV shows, commercials, industrials, and the occasional movie. She was also a member of Bruton Parish Church.

Carole is survived by her husband of 58 years, Rollin Jay Shoemaker; three daughters, Laura Brennan of Harrisonburg, Linda Steadman of Amherst, NH, and Cristina Tewksbury of Williamsburg; sons-in-law Michael Steadman and Steve Tewksbury; grand-daughters Emily, Caroline, and Genevieve Steadman, and Elizabeth and Rebecca Tewksbury; and a brother, Alan Bergman of Los Angeles, California.

A private service will be held at WindsorMeade of Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Caroleís memory to the Williamsburg Public Library.

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  • January 07, 2015
    Deanna Johnson says:
    My warmest prayers and heartiest hugs to you during this time -- I will always remember the kind hospitality your Mom (and Dad) offered whenever we got together in high school, Linda. They were most tolerant of all the loud giggling and silliness. I know they took great joy in hearing such laughter over many years with three wonderful daughters and their families. May those happy memories comfort you all in the days to come.